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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California’s governor said on Monday the state was at a “tipping point” in the COVID-19 pandemic that would soon overwhelm hospitals as political leaders nationwide turn to increasingly aggressive measures to hold back the latest surge. “(California) has worked hard to prepare for a surge - but we can’t sustain the record high cases we’re seeing,” Newsom said on Twitter. “Current projections show CA will run out of current ICU beds before Christmas Eve. The governor told reporters discussions were underway among state health officials over the potential stay-at-home order. More than 4.2 million new COVID-19 infections and 36,000 COVID-19 related deaths were reported across the United States in November, according to a Reuters tally.
Persons: Gavin Newsom, ” Newsom, Newsom, Alex Azar, Azar, ” Azar, Andrew Cuomo, ” Cuomo, Phil Murphy, Murphy Organizations: ANGELES, Reuters, Twitter, Pfizer Inc, Moderna, Health, Food and Drug Administration, CBS, , . New Locations: California’s, California, Napa, United States, U.S, Europe, Los Angeles, New York, ., . New Jersey
Coronavirus deaths reached 2,157 on Tuesday - one person every 40 seconds - with another 170,000 people infected, as millions of Americans disregarded official warnings and traveled for Thanksgiving. Families with university students have been forced to evaluate the risk of reuniting for Thanksgiving. LINES IN NEW YORK CITYAcross New York City, lines at COVID-19 testing sites wrapped around the block on Wednesday, video on Twitter showed. “This is not a normal Thanksgiving, and to act like it’s a normal Thanksgiving is to deny the reality of every health expert in the nation,” Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday in urging New Yorkers to stay home. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program plans to release 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide as soon as one is approved.
Persons: Roberto Arias, Brian Snyder, Joe Biden, ” Biden, Biden, , hospitalizations, , Daliza Rodriguez, , Anthony Fauci, ” Fauci, Francesca Wimer, Cynthia Wimer, Luke Burke, “ I’m, ” Burke, MG Robinson, Robinson, Andrew Cuomo, ” Cuomo, Alex Azar Organizations: Reuters, Woodlawn Cemetery, REUTERS, New York’s LaGuardia, National Institute of Allergy, ABC, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Twitter, Yorkers, New York, . New, U.S . Food, Drug, Pfizer, Moderna Inc, Health, Human Services, Trump Locations: Woodlawn, Everett , Massachusetts, U.S, Wilmington , Delaware, COVID, Texas, New, Illinois, Washington, New York, New Jersey, New York City, Astoria , Queens, Hill, Brooklyn, Bedford, Stuyvesant, . New York, Albany
(Reuters) - State and federal officials pleaded with Americans to stay at home and redouble efforts to curtail the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, defending unpopular public health measures as record hospitalizations pushed healthcare professionals to the brink. “We are on fire with COVID,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on CNN after enacting new restrictions last week including retail curbs and school closures. That has taxed already exhausted healthcare providers as more than 1,500 coronavirus deaths and 171,000 new cases pile up daily on average. U.S. health officials last week strongly recommended that Americans avoid travel for the holiday. “Stay home, stay protected and keep yourself and others well,” the Mississippi State Department of Health said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Persons: Andy Beshear, We’re, Jerome Adams, ” Adams, Adams, , Kelly Cawcutt, Gunderway, Organizations: Reuters, CNN, United, U.S, Coronavirus, Force, Fox News, Pharmaceuticals, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Mississippi State Department of Health Locations: ” Kentucky, COVID, U.S, Texas, El Paso, America, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut
(Reuters) - Officials pleaded with Americans to stay at home and redouble efforts to curtail the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, defending unpopular public health measures as record hospitalizations pushed medical professionals to the brink. HOW TO JUST SAY ‘NO’California’s top health official, Dr. Mark Ghaly, went so far in his weekly public COVID briefing on Tuesday to offer up “COVID chat” talking points for politely but firmly declining invitations to family gatherings that might be unsafe. After an initial wave of infections centered in and around major U.S. cities during the spring, the COVID-19 pandemic now has engulfed rural and small-town America. “Stay home, stay protected and keep yourself and others well,” the Mississippi State Department of Health said in a tweet on Tuesday. Not all Americans were throwing caution to the wind for the holiday.
Persons: Andy Beshear, We’re, Jerome Adams, , ” Adams, Adams, Mark Ghaly, ” Ghaly, Greg Abbott, , Kelly Cawcutt, Jerard Gunderway Organizations: Reuters, CNN, U.S, Fox News, American Automobile Association, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Mississippi State Department of Health Locations: ” Kentucky, COVID, Texas, El Paso, U.S, America, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut
(Reuters) - Wisconsin’s governor on Friday extended a statewide mask mandate despite a legal challenge from conservatives, renewing an emergency health order requiring face coverings in public spaces to curb an alarming surge in COVID-19 infections. Many Republican politicians, led by President Donald Trump, have belittled or criticized face coverings as an infringement of personal freedom. Public health experts say greater social mixing and indoor gatherings as the weather turns colder ahead of the holiday season is fueling a worsening contagion, putting already strained healthcare systems further under siege. His new health order requires everyone to wear masks in enclosed spaces except at home when no one from outside the household is present. Earlier in the day, Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, appealed to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel and limit social gatherings during next week’s Thanksgiving holiday.
Persons: Tony Evers, Evers ’, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, ” Evers, Evers, Deborah Birx, Birx, ” Birx, , “ I’m, Emily Handel, it’s, Kristin Nome, Trump, ” Nome Organizations: Reuters, Democrat, Republican, Democratic, American Association of Retired, Walmart, Shoppers, White, CNN, Pfizer Inc, South, The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: Wisconsin, “ Wisconsin, United States, COVID, Columbus , Ohio, South Dakota
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities braced for further increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, capping a week in which the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated ahead of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. FILE PHOTO: A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020. Daily COVID-19 deaths surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time since late June on Thursday. THANKSGIVING FEARSU.S. officials have pleaded with the public to avoid unnecessary travel and exercise caution as the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from less than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Deborah Birx, ” Birx, Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Alex Azar, ” California’s, Gavin Newsom, Eric Borgerding Organizations: YORK, Medical, REUTERS, Coronavirus, Force, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, Health, CBS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, Wisconsin Hospital Association, United Locations: COVID, Brooklyn , New York, U.S, Ohio, Minnesota, United States, Wisconsin
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A leading U.S. health official on Friday appealed to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel and limit social gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday, fearing a further acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic after one of the deadliest weeks in months. A healthcare worker holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) informational pamphlet for a resident at a drive-thru testing location in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 20, 2020. “This is faster, it is broader and what worries me - it could be longer,” Birx told CNN. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,” Noem said in a statement on Friday. It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from fewer than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
Persons: Adrees Latif Deborah Birx, ” Birx, , Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Alex Azar, ” California’s, Emily Kandel, “ I’m, ” Kandel, I’m, it’s, Emily Randall, , Kristi Noem, Donald Trump, ” Noem Organizations: CHICAGO, REUTERS, Coronavirus, Force, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, Health, South, Republican, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: U.S, Houston , Texas, United States, COVID, Ohio, Minnesota, Columbus , Ohio, Illinois, Chicago’s, South Dakota
The face-covering mandate marked the latest in a flurry of new restrictions by state and local officials nationwide to tamp down COVID-19 cases soaring with the onset of winter. “Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staffing shortages,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, said in a press release. His state is one of several in the Upper Midwest registering some of the highest rates of positive results from COVID-19 tests. The order, which remains in effect for 60 days, requires everyone to wear masks indoors whenever non-household members are present. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,” Noem said in a statement on Friday.
Persons: Tony Evers, Deborah Birx, Birx, ” Birx, , Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Emily Kandel, “ I’m, ” Kandel, I’m, it’s, Emily Randall, , Kristi Noem, Donald Trump, ” Noem Organizations: Reuters, Wisconsin, White, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, South, Republican, The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: Wisconsin, Midwest, COVID, United States, Ohio, Minnesota, Columbus , Ohio, ” In Illinois, Chicago’s, South Dakota
FILE PHOTO: Nurses work in a ward housing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at UW Health University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. November 18, 2020. Meanwhile, Americans were grappling with a spate of new school and business closings aimed at slowing community spread and lowering infection rates. Riordan’s 7-year-old daughter Olivia had been excited at the prospect of adding one more day of in-person education a week starting next week, based on the city’s previous hybrid learning plan, Riordan said. “And those are the days where...she comes home excited and happy and she gets to see other second graders. He said additional safety standards to reopen schools would be announced before Thanksgiving Day after consultation with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Persons: Daniel Acker, Suzanna Riordan, Olivia, Riordan, , ” Riordan, that’s, Bill de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, de Blasio, Trump, Joe Biden, Kayleigh McEnany, shutdowns, skyrocketing Organizations: YORK, UW Health University Hospital, REUTERS, Reuters, White House Press, Twitter, Labor Department Locations: United States, Madison , Wisconsin, U.S, Brooklyn, New York City, , York City, , Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, hospitalizations, Kansas, Texas, Florida
A similar 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew order was issued on Thursday in Ohio and will remain in effect for the next 21 days, Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, announced separately. As in California, the Ohio curfew would not prohibit grocery stores from remaining open past 10 p.m, or keep restaurants from staying open late for takeout orders. The COVID-19 surge - and the refusal of some Americans to take it seriously as a real threat - has taken its toll on healthcare workers. FILE PHOTO: A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020. During that same period, hospitalizations in the Midwest have risen 57%, in the West by 50%, and in the South by 34%.
Persons: Gavin Newsom, ” Newsom, Mike DeWine, Newsom, Joe Biden, Biden, ” Biden, DeWine’s, ” Mariam Torossian, Brendan McDermid, James Gallagher, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, Bill de Blasio, , ” Natalia Petrzela Organizations: Republican, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical, Medical, REUTERS, Sacramento County Sheriff, NEW YORK, Reuters, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoo Locations: SACRAMENTO, Calif, Ohio, California, Minnesota, United States, Burbank , California, The U.S, COVID, Brooklyn , New York, U.S, Sacramento County, New York, The, hospitalizations, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney , Pennsylvania
The measures were driven by surging numbers of daily infections, rising hospitalizations and ominous spikes in the rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests coming back positive. The onset of winter, with people more likely to congregate indoors, will only worsen the trends, experts say. While hopeful a vaccine might soon become available for front-line medical professionals and the most vulnerable, public health experts worry a wintertime surge will overwhelm hospitals in much of the country. “We are in the worst part of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer told a briefing. With many months ahead before an effective vaccine can be administered to the general public, medical experts urged strict adherence to well-known virus mitigation measures like wearing a face covering, frequent hand-washing and maintaining safe social distances.
Persons: Jeff Pothof, , ” Pothof, “ We’ve, Lori Lightfoot, Lightfoot, Gretchen Whitmer, ” Whitmer, Bill de Blasio, “ We’re, ” de Blasio, Dr, Anthony Fauci Organizations: CHICAGO, University of Wisconsin Health, Reuters, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, Chicago, MIDWEST, U.S, ABC, America Locations: New York , California, Iowa, Madison, United States, Michigan, Detroit, New York City, Midwest, Iowa , Minnesota, Illinois, U.S
People celebrate media announcing that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. November 7, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew KellyBiden supporters banged pots, honked horns and cheered loudly in many cities after the long awaited news. “We also know the work is not over,” Roy, who works in the fitness industry, said on Friday. The results further exacerbated deep divisions within the U.S. electorate, leaving some liberals with little reason to celebrate. Sylvia Baer, a professor of American literature and a poet, said she had no plans to cheer Biden’s win.
Persons: Stephanie Hill, Joe Biden, Andrew Kelly Biden, Donald Trump, , Democrat Biden, Marshall Roy, , ” Roy, Rachel Richardson, Richardson, David Roderick, Biden, Trump, Sylvia Baer, Biden’s, Baer Organizations: Democratic U.S, REUTERS, Republican, Biden’s, Republicans, U.S . Senate, White Locations: BERKELEY, Calif, New York City, Prospect, Washington, Manhattan , New York City, U.S, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Biden’s, city’s, South Philadelphia, Berkeley, California
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